POSTED Fri. Oct 23, 2015
Get Your Weekend On New Orleans: Oct 23-25
Written by CATE ROOT

This weekend in New Orleans Halloween is still a week away, but the Krewe of Boo gets the spooky celebrations going a bit early. Also, nosh your way through the French Food Festival in Larose, admire the bawdy mermaids at “Splish,” and find out once and for all how to build an indoor forest.

This weekend

The 8th annual Community Records Block Party features a lineup of 18 bands performing over two days at Gasa Gasa/Sisters in Christ.

The French Food Festival in Larose includes live music, carnival rides, an art show, contests, and more. Admission and parking are free.

Splish: The Rise and Fall of the Show and Tail, a “mermaid masque,” is part art installation and part theatrical performance. The adults-only show takes over PORT arts space Friday and Saturday.

At the Contemporary Arts Center, How to Build a Forest kicks off its series of 8-hour “life cycles.” The artists begin with an empty space and meticulously construct, dismantle and remove an indoor forest.

New Orleans Jazz Orchestra’s first season of jazz concerts gets going with Truth, Lies & Gossip: The Music of Jelly Roll Morton.


The NOLA Project’s immersive new play, Clown Bar, opens upstairs at the Little Gem.

Friday Nights at NOMA celebrates the opening of “Jasper Johns: Reversals.”

Harry Shearer hosts Sinatra 100 at the Orpheum Theatre. The salute to Ol’ Blue Eyes features performances by Kermit Ruffins, John Boutte, Jeremy Davenport and more.

The Prytania Theatre, Well-Hung Speakers and the Carver Theater present an all-out “extravaganza for the 40th anniversary of Rocky Horror Picture Show.

Tobias Jesso Jr. turns up at One Eyed Jacks.


The Krewe of Boo Parade rolls through Marigny, the French Quarter and the Warehouse District, finishing at Mardi Gras World for the Krewe of Boo Monster Mash Party.

Sweet Crude hosts and curates the lineup for the inaugural Mid-City Masquerade, which features performances by the Lost Bayou Ramblers, Tank and the Bangas, Blind Texas Marlin and more.

Futurebirds headlines One Eyed Jacks.

Gov’t Majik pays tribute to Fela Kuti at the Maple Leaf.

“Birthday Sex” singer Jeremih gives a free concert on Tulane’s quad.

Papadosio plays the House of Blues.


Philadelphia rockers Low Cut Connie perform at Circle Bar.

New Orleans Civic Symphony delivers a free concert including works by Tschaikowski, Grieg, and von Suppe, at UNO.

Image courtesy of Krewe of Boo.


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